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Franz Alexander



Franz Gabriel Alexander, MD, (1891–1964) was a Hungarian American psychoanalyst and physician. He is considered one of the founders of psychosomatic medicine and psychoanalytic criminology. Although he studied psychoanalysis under Sigmund Freud, he took his studies further and identified the role that chronic emotional stress plays in causing certain human diseases.

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Dr. Franz Alexander, 73, Dies; Was Pioneer in Psychosomatics; Analyst Led Chicago Institute for 25 Years—Authority on and Student of Freud

Franz Gabriel Alexander has been described on more than one occasion as the father of psychosomatic medicine. For almost 25 years, he was director of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he trained many of the leading students of emotional disturbances and psychosomatic diseases.

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What is Psychosomatic?

The term ‘psychosomatic’ means mind and body related. A psychosomatic disorder is a physical disease which is caused, or worsened, by mental factors. The term is also used when mental factors cause physical symptoms but where there is no physical disease.

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Psychoanalytic Therapy: Principles and Application

First published in 1946, Psychoanalytic Therapy stands as a classic presentation of "brief therapy".

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe fact that the mind rules the body is, in spite of its neglect by biology and medicine, the most fundamental fact which we know about the process of life.

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Bad Freudian Fathers

To a believer in the impossible profession, the family memoirs of famous psychoanalysts constitute a troubling but delicious genre. There is a certain satisfaction in reading about the unhappy marriages and not good enough parenting skills of bad Freudian fathers.

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Theories of Psychosomatic Disorders

A short lecture from the Psychosomatics Student Group Riga by Kamiar-K. Rückert. Talking about the different psychodynamic theories of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Psychosomatic Medicine: Its Principles and Applications

A pioneer in the field of psychoanalysis and psychosomatic medicine describes the fundamental concepts on which the psychosomatic approach is based and presents the results of study concerning the influence of emotions on bodily processes in health and disease. Dr.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt is paradoxical but nonetheless true that the nearer man comes to his goal to make his life easy and abundant, the more he undermines the foundations of a meaningful existence.

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Franz Alexander and Psychosomatic Medicine

Aside from being one of the most important proponents of psychoanalysis during the 20th century, Franz Alexander helped lay the foundations for psychosomatic medicine.

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Is Psychosomatic Medicine Real?

A short lecture from the Psychosomatics Student Group Riga by Kamiar-K. Rückert. Talking about the History of the Mind and Body in medicine as well as the Physiology (Stress-Fear Axis, Epigenetics and Psychoimmunology).

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